Stop Complaining, Start Offering Solutions

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Editor’s note: The author formally managed Birthright Israel, among other projects, for the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Jewish Federations. Recently in the Forward, there was an article complaining about the filings of Birthight Israel. I have my own complaints with the program, but to suggest, as the article does, that BRI is doing young Jews […]

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Inside The Israeli High Holidays

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JERUSALEM – It was surreal; the elderly French man reminded me of my grandfather. Bald and small, with the kind and worn face of a beardless Polish Jew, as if from a sentimental photo of Warsaw. Slightly hunched over, but not deformed. Quick-witted and intelligent, hard of hearing, and humorous even as he told of […]

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You’re Invited: Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

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While there is certainly no substitute for spending time in Israel –after all, what could be – the Twin Cities annual Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration is a close replica. This year’s event – celebrating Israel’s 71st birthday – is Sunday, May 19 from 3-5 p.m. at the St. Paul JCC. The event is funded by the […]

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Hillel Announces Capital Campaign, Service Projects To Celebrate 80th Birthday

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Beyond having more than 500 people come together on campus for Maroon& Gold Shabbat last week, Minnesota Hillel announced it’s preparing to celebrate its 80th birthday in style. Benjie Kaplan, Hillel’s executive director, announced that Hillel will be embarking on a $7 million capital campaign to completely remake the building on University Avenue in the […]

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The Trouble With Writing About Gaza

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JERUSALEM – Early morning on Monday, March 25, a rocket fired from Gaza destroyed a house, home to a British-Israeli family of seven, in a town north of Tel Aviv. While the rocket was in flight, most of the town didn’t hear the red alarm and didn’t head for the bomb shelters. But by pure […]

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How To Write For TC Jewfolk

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There’s always a want and need to have more people write about Jewish stuff, especially here at TC Jewfolk. Naturally, that can be a catch-22. People can be afraid, or not know how to write well, or get sucked into echo chambers on different subjects (or all three, which I feel myself doing all the […]

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Keeping TC Jewish Institutions Safe Post-Poway

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While the Jewish community continues to reel from the shooting at the Chabad of Poway last Saturday – and even Tree of Life in Pittsburgh six months ago, the quiet work to make the Twin Cities Jewish community safer continues. In early October, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas hired Dan […]

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